Good news for America’s Arctic

Caribou crossing in the Western Arctic Reserve.


Photo by Western Arctic National Parklands, Flickr

Today, an Interior Department announcement brings us closer to protecting special Arctic places.

Alaska is renowned for some of the most beautiful, wild scenery in the world. A land of epic wildlife migrations and vast undeveloped wilderness, Alaska truly is the nation’s last, great wild frontier.

Now, we are one step closer to protecting special places in Alaska's Western Arctic. Today Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced that the Interior Department intends to prevent oil and gas drilling in key parts of the Western Arctic’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, also known as the Western Arctic Reserve.

This would protect places including the Teshekpuk Lake region, a place teeming with caribou and migrating birds from five continents, which Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams visited just days ago.

See also:

Blog: Living among Arctic caribou at Alaska's Teshekpuk Lake

Blog: Ten reasons to protect Alaska's Teshekpuk Lake

Of course, we all know that this is just one small part of the fight to protect the Arctic. We will keep working to guarantee that the Arctic’s special places on land and at sea are not at risk from oil spills.

About the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or Western Arctic reserve, contains some of the world’s best and most sensitive wildlife and bird habitat.

The 22 million-acre Western Arctic reserve is vital to thousands of caribou, millions of migratory birds, polar bears, wolves and musk oxen. Learn more>

About Teshekpuk Lake

Teshekpuk Lake in the Western Arctic Reserve is home to 45,000 caribou and numerous different birds. It is constantly under threat from oil and gas development. Learn more>

Visiting the Western Arctic Reserve

The Western Arctic Reserve is remote country — remote even for Alaska. Wilderness camping and wildlife watching attract those hoping to travel far off the beaten path. Learn more>

Adopt Alaska and the Arctic

The Arctic has some of America's largest and most sensitive tracts of wildland left on earth. Yet these lands may not stay that way if the oil and gas and timber industries have their way.

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